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Shinichi Suzuki and Musical Talent: An Analysis of His Claims
The Suzuki Method is a popular and influential method of music education for strings. Central to this study is the Method’s premise that musical talent is not inborn, but rather cultivated through one’s environment. A ...
David and Goliath: An Oratorio
This thesis involves composing a dramatic work, David and Goliath: An Oratorio, for chorus and orchestra, with an emphasis on emulating eighteenth-century English oratorio style. A framework for writing compositions based ...
Russian Folk Traditions in Contemporary Musical Literature for Winds
This dissertation performs analyses of and compositions in three musical traditions that have received little attention in the English-speaking literature: Russian vocal folk polyphony (as described by theorist Aleksandr ...
Pat Metheny: Techniques in Improvisation
This thesis illustrates Pat Metheny’s formulaic system within a unique three-tier approach that divides formulaic information into a connected system of categories, species, and components. Using four transcribed ...
The Chromatic Guitar Method
The Chromatic Guitar Method was written to help beginning guitar students better understand music theory and music notation. In my 17 years of experience teaching guitar I have found common pitfalls associated ...